Number of uninsured Americans is up from 2008 and 2009

Nearly 59 million Americans went without health insurance coverage for at least part of 2010, an increase from 58.7 million in 2009 and 56.4 million in 2008, according to a Reuters article.

The article reports that nine percent of adults lost private insurance, and public insurance picked up only 5 percent of them.  Half of the uninsured are over the poverty level and one in three adults under 65 are in the middle income range.

(Sources: Kaiser Daily Health Policy Project, http://kaiserhealthnews.org, November 10, 2010; Reuters, November 10, 2010)